Yes the CTC Loader Can be Installed On AWS Model .I hadn't seen that one yet. The geometry of the little Bull looks horrible. Expecting a loader that just clips on to the front end to put up with the amount of pushing force your tractor is capable of seems like a recipe for disaster to me. The CTC design looks much better to me, and well worth the extra cost. I think there is another aftermarket company that makes loaders for the X7 series, but I'm not sure if they offer an option for AWS. It's probably worth starting a new thread just for loader discussion specific to the X7 with AWS. I'm sure there are folks on here with experience to share. You won't catch their eye buried in a thread on blowers and plows.
You are bang on for some driveways. It all depends on the driveway configuration.It's not. Not by a long shot.
Yes though It's Not Made specifically for the The X700 series I believe some adapting has to be done On the customers end. I looked at that a while ago But anything can be Modified to fit I like this for Garden Tractors Auto-Dump™ Packages | Westendorf Have also thought about there Brush crusher for a Grapple Brush Crusher | Westendorf see with the 45 Loader do to it's width I can Put the Deere Loader Implement carrier On it which would Give Me Use of Many Loader Mounted attachments Made for the 120R LoaderI have seen pictures of a Westendorf loader on a X7, but I think it was a X748. It was for sale on CL a while ago. I think it was their model TA-52. Their design looks good, but their site doesn't have enough specifics on JD model applications. I would talk to them before making a decision.
Some people have multiple setups for other reasons (dedicated loader, mower, etc) and not just for their driveway. Having two ways to tackle a driveway is just a bonus 😎I guess I vary from most of the guys on here. I think the blower is the most efficient tool there is for a residential driveway. You'll never run out of room to stack piles with one. If it were me, I'd buy ONLY the blower. Why throw more money away when you already have a blade on an ATV? Doesn't make sense to me. I also don't "collect" garden tractors, so I wouldn't have two or three machines setup for a single driveway. To each their own, but I don't need more than a single machine for my driveway.
Are you talking about 10 to 13 feet of annual lake-effect snow or was that a typo?But a blower doesn't normally clean down to the asphalt all winter long when Mother Nature drops 10-13' of snow in the driveway.
Last winter 130+", two winters ago 163". Lake effect can be a real pain with as many as 16 snowfall events in the month of December ranging from 1" to 20". With a loader, you can get away with ignoring the 1" events and carve it down with down pressure on the next go around. With a snowblower, that isn't quite as wise. We get lots of "dustings" (less than an inch) through some winters that create hard pack that turns to slush come spring.Are you talking about 10 to 13 feet of annual lake-effect snow or was that a typo?
You bring up some very good points on the limitations of snow throwers. I have times where snow avalanches off roofs and know full well how hard it packs. There is a very short time window before it refreezes and I too have tried removing the shoes in a vain attempt. I've even resorted to using a roto-tiller. I've taken to pulling the snow down before it comes down on its own.
My wife has a hatred for snowbanks so I have to make the best of using the snow thrower, often in combination with the plow. She insists that I clear the driveway to the other side of both (shallow) ditches so I plow as wide as I can and then polish up the edges with the snow thrower.
If you have a ridge and slope for water removal you should be fine, if you just have a ridge because it isn't being used I backblade mine to get it as level for winter as I can.I am equipped this year only with a 54" blade - no blower. Yet. Probably not until spring when everyone decides to sell theirs. But, I do now have weights & HDAPs, so I should have a much better time of it this Winter. I have a 450'+ long gravel driveway, and it's of course got a ridge down the center. Any recommendations so I'm not digging everything up? I've not had success playing with the float feature yet...
Not much help here except to say that the worst time is early in the snow season when the ground is still soft. It takes a very deft hand on the plow to keep from digging. I also put two wheels on the center ridge and two on the side of the drive. You want to maintain the ridge for drainage. Once the driveway freezes plowing gets a lot easier. The second worst time is when the driveway thaws in the spring.I am equipped this year only with a 54" blade - no blower. I have a 450'+ long gravel driveway, and it's of course got a ridge down the center. Any recommendations so I'm not digging everything up? I've not had success playing with the float feature yet...